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  • 4 Jun 2020 3:05 PM | Anonymous

    Join us every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. between May 28 - September 24 for the 2020 Ohio Prevention Conference Virtual Training Series. All sessions are free. Attendees of live sessions will receive continuing education hours for social workers, counselors, prevention specialists, and chemical dependency counselors. Click on titles to register.

    June

    HOPES in Schools: A Systems-Change Approach to the Whole Child

    • Featuring: Kevin Lorson
    • June 4 at 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

    Problem Gambling:
    Hidden in Plain Sight

     

    • Featuring: Scott Anderson
    • June 11 at 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

    Prevention for the Resilient: Effective Strategies for Communities Experiencing Trauma

    • Featuring: Chardé Hollins 
    • June 18 at 11:00 - 12:15 p.m. 

    Collective Impact in the Urban Core

    • Featuring: Rhonda Ramsey Molina
    • June 25 at 11:00 - 12:15 p.m.

  • 26 Mar 2020 8:43 AM | Anonymous

    Sharing the most pertinent resources being posted by our colleagues across the nation. 

    1. SSWAA Resources

    2. Schoolsocialwork.net Forum Resources

    3. OCR Short Webinar on Online Education and Website Accessibility - YouTube

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) presents this short webinar on online education and website accessibility. Learn more about OCR: www.ed.gov/OCR

    4. US DOE Supplemental Fact Sheet - Serving Children with Disabilities

    5. Coronavirus: 8 Ethical Considerations for Social Workers


    For parents/ students

    1. Audible stories streamed for free while schools are closed

    2. Covibook a coloring book to help children understand the COVID-19 crisis

    3. Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus | Child Mind Institute

    4. Home Chats: A Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations during the Coronavirus Outbreak - Growing Leaders


  • 18 Mar 2020 12:32 PM | Anonymous

    OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

    Text below or here. 

    Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

    This exercise of discretion applies to widely available communications apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose, regardless of whether the telehealth service is directly related to COVID-19.

    In support of this action, OCR will be providing further guidance explaining how covered health care providers can use remote video communication products and offer telehealth to patients responsibly.

    "We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency," said Roger Severino, OCR Director. "We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities," Severino added.

    The Notification of Enforcement Discretion on telehealth remote communications may be found at: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html.

    For more information on HIPAA and COVID-19, see OCR's February 2020 Bulletin: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/february-2020-hipaa-and-novel-coronavirus.pdf - PDF

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  • 15 Mar 2020 10:19 AM | Anonymous

    Sharing resources as well all attempt to navigate providing services remotely. 


    SSWAA webinar COVID-19 Health Crisis Getting through this together: School Social Work in a Changing Landscape Thursday, 3/19/20, 8pm EST

    School google accounts are HIPAA compliant and thus able to be used for meet (video conference) or voice (set up a dummy phone number).  gsuite_cloud_identity_hipaa_implementation_guide.pdf

    Zoom "can" be hippa compliant, but it is not automatically so, and cost more. Here is some info on it: zoom.us/docs/doc/Zoom-hipaa.pdf

    List of resources compiled by School Psychs

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gSIuqkzJAcioQwXmGhw7fFq1xoIcZoy1L4vNosUcUmk/edit

    1. Consult the US Dept of Education's QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON PROVIDING SERVICES TO CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 OUTBREAK MARCH 2020

    2. MDE MEMO: Compliance Requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C during a Public Health Emergency

    3. COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

    4. Consult the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice. Section 2A provides information about designing and delivering services. 

    5. NASW Ohio is hosting Using telehealth to adapt practice during COVID-19 outbreak (virtual meeting for NASW members) on Thursday, 3/19/2020 from 10-11a.

    6. CDC Guidance for School and Childcare Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    7. The CDC Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

    8. The Child Mind Institute's Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus. Students may experience hunger, abuse, or lack of healthcare in their homes and with their families. Know local resources and be prepared to help.

    9. Anxiety and Depression Association of America Psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic's 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety

    10. The Jed Foundation's Tips for Self-Care and Managing Stress

    11. National Association of School Psychologists' Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource

    12. SAMSHA's Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak

    13. SAMHA's Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

    14. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: Coronavirus and Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response

    15. Internet

    AT&T offers a discount for those who qualify for SNAP

    Comcast offers free internet for 2 months effective Monday, March 16, 2020

    16. PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter new for duration of school closures.

    17. Article "How to talk to your kids about the coronovirus"

  • 9 Mar 2020 8:03 AM | Anonymous

    Suicide Deaths Increased by 45% Among All Ohioans and by 56% Among Youth Ages 10-24 From 2007-2018

    People may help save a life by knowing suicide warning signs and steps to take.

     ODH News Release Ohio Suicide Demographics Trends Report.pdf

  • 9 Mar 2020 7:43 AM | Anonymous

    Ask Your Representatives to SIGN the "Dear Colleague Letter" for $$ for MH Demonstration and Personnel Grants!

    BACKGROUND:  In both Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020 (the current federal fiscal year), Congress directed the Department of Education to set aside up to $10 million to development and implement a Mental Health Demonstration Grant to help improve the pipeline of school-based mental health providers to high-need school districts. Recognizing the increased need for school-based mental health services, in FY 2020, Congress provided an additional $10 million for a new grant competition which would provide awards to states and local school districts, or consortia of school districts to increase the number of qualified, well-trained school counselors, social workers, psychologists, or other mental health professionals providing school-based MH services to students.  The call for applications is expected in the near future. Combined, these two competition grants address the critical shortage of school-based mental health professionals in two distinct and essential ways: by increasing the available workforce, and by helping districts support increased positions to improve access to services.
     

    Current Activity:  Two House members – Representatives Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) – are leading the effort to get other House members to sign a letter asking the House Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Appropriations Subcommittee (the funding subcommittee) to include a $10 million increase to $115 million for Safe Schools National Activities.  $10 million would be explicitly designated for MH Demonstration Grants and MH Personnel Grants.

     

    We need YOU to help get YOUR Representative to sign this letter asking for specific funds for these programs.  DEADLINE FOR REPRESENTATIVES TO SIGN ON: Close of Business on March 10.

     

    TAKE ACTION:  CALL your representatives.  Ask your Representatives to sign the "Dear Colleague" letter.  PLEASE CALL, rather than emailing.  Ask for the legislative assistant who handles Education; if not available, leave the message with the receptionist. [NOTE:  USE your private cell phones only, please!]

     

    If you don't know who your senators or representatives are, go to www.congress.gov, and look on the right-hand column where it says "Contact Your Member."  Put in your zip code under the "House of Representatives" link or the "Senate" link to find your members and how to contact them directly.  You will also be linked to their websites and telephone numbers (or just Google them!).

     

    HERE'S WHAT TO SAY:

    "As a constituent and a school social worker in (city/county/school district), I urge you sign the 'Dear Colleague' letter led by Representatives Wexton and Fitzpatrick.

    •    The letter asks for an increase in FY 2021 for School Safety National Activities, including $10 million designated specifically for the Mental Health Demonstration grant, so the Department of Education can conduct a new grant competition for the next school year.
    •    These grants are critical to helping high-need school districts address the shortage of school mental professionals – including school social workers, counselors, and psychologists – to high-need districts.

     

    [INSERT PERSONAL STORY from your district about why we need MORE SSW, if you get a chance!]

     

    •    As your constituent, I urge you to ACT NOW and sign this important letter!   The deadline is March 10.  Thank you!"

     

    The ‘Dear Colleague’ letter is below for your reference.



    Bipartisan Support for School-Based Mental Health Grants in FY21
    Sending Office: Honorable Jennifer Wexton
    Sent By: Courtney.Rogers@mail.house.gov 

     

    Bipartisan Support for School-Based Mental Health Grants in FY21
    *This is a programmatic and report language request*

     

    Dear Colleagues:

     

    We invite you to sign the letter below requesting $115 million for the Safe Schools National Activities Programs, which includes a $10 million increase for the Mental Health Demonstration Grant and the Mental Health Personnel Grant to address the shortage of school-based mental health professionals. This increase will be a positive step towards connecting students with the comprehensive mental and behavioral supports needed for their academic, social, emotional, and physical success.


    The American School Counselor Association and the School Social Work Association of America both recommend a ratio of one school counselor and one school social worker for every 250 students, while the National Association of School Psychologists recommends a ratio of one school psychologist for every 500-700 students. According to a 2019 report, only two states and one US territory meet the recommended student to mental health professional ratios, which is unacceptable.


    These school-based mental health professionals provide critical mental and behavioral health services to students. They support our students’ social-emotional learning, develop and implement trauma-informed practices, support violence prevention efforts, including bullying and suicide prevention, and promote safe and supportive school climates. School-based mental health professionals have been known to improve the academic learning and overall well-being of our students, and it is imperative that Congress continues to provide robust investments in grant programs that foster these positive outcomes for students. 


    We hope you join us in urging the House Appropriators to include a $10 million increase for the Safe Schools National Activities Program, with $10 million provided explicitly for new competitions of the Mental Health Demonstration Grant and the Mental Health Personnel Grant. Please fill out this FORM by COB Tuesday, March 10, 2020, to sign on, and contact Courtney Rogers with Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton at Courtney.Rogers@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-5136 or Michael McCabe with Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick at Michael.McCabe@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4276 with any questions. 

     


    Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole:


    As you develop the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 appropriations bill for the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, we encourage you to help decrease the high student-to-counselor ratios in our nation’s schools by addressing the shortage of school-based mental health professionals like school psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers. We ask that you fund the Safe Schools National Activities Program at $115 million dollars to allow for a new competition in two grant programs critical to addressing the shortage of school mental health professionals and increasing access to these vital school-based services. This funding level represents a $10 million dollar increase over FY20 levels.


    The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) was previously authorized as a national discretionary grant program focused on drug, violence, and bullying prevention and school-based mental health services. For more than a decade, only the national programs have been funded. Now referred to as School Safety National Activities (SSNA), these funds are used for state and local school safety and violence prevention activities in grades K-12 and in institutions of higher education.


    There is currently a shortage of school-based mental health professionals in our country.  National mental health organizations recommend a ratio of one school counselor and one school social worker for every 250 students, and a ratio of one school psychologist for every 500-700 students, respectively. Unfortunately, across each profession, the national ratio is more than double the recommendation, with some states faring even worse.  As a result, there has been an increase in bullying and suicide amongst our nation’s students, and many have limited or no access to mental health services.


    In both FY19 and FY20, Congress directed the Department of Education to set aside up to $10 million to development and implement a Mental Health Demonstration Grant to help improve the pipeline of school-based mental health providers to high need school districts. Recognizing the increased need for school-based mental health services, in FY20, Congress provided an additional $10 million for a new competition which would provide awards to SEAs, LEAs, or consortia of LEAs to increase the number of qualified, well-trained counselors, social workers, psychologists, or other mental health professionals that provide school-based mental health services to students.  The call for applications is expected in the near future. Combined, these two competition grants address the critical shortage of school-based mental health professionals in two distinct and essential ways: by increasing the available workforce, and by helping districts support increased positions to improve access to services.


    Schools National Activities Program must be directed toward new competitions of the Mental Health Demonstration Grant and the Mental Health Personnel Grant:


    With the goal of addressing the shortage of school-based mental health professionals in our nation’s K-12 schools by expanding the pipeline of these professionals and improving districts’ ability to recruit and retrain these professionals, the Committee directs the Secretary to allocate $10 million dollars for additional competitions of the Mental Health Demonstration Grant and the Mental Health Personnel Grant to increase the number of well-trained school counselors, social workers, and psychologists, or other mental health professionals qualified to provide school-based mental health services.


    Integrating mental health services in schools has helped both students and staff succeed by addressing issues such as bullying, self-esteem, and suicide while improving the school’s capacity to identify, refer, and provide services to help students in need. School-based mental health professionals have been proven to improve staff retention, help keep students in school, and promote learning environments where students feel safe, supported, and ready to learn.


    In order to support the increased need for comprehensive mental and behavioral health services, and the availability of school-based mental health professionals, we must continue to provide robust federal investments to help high needs districts recruit and retain well-trained, highly qualified mental health professionals.  For these reasons, we urge Congress to fund the Safe Schools National Activities Program at $115 million, with $10 million specifically provided for new competitions in these critical grant programs.


    Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you to make sure students in every community are supported to reach their maximum potential.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Jennifer Wexton                                                         Brian Fitzpatrick
    Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress


  • 25 Feb 2020 7:40 AM | Anonymous

    NASW recently announced a partnership with Alice's Kids, a charity that serves children across the country. They pay for these items upon the receipt of a simple Request Form that you just need to email to contact@aliceskids.org. They will pay for such items that cost in the range of $100 within 48 hours by either issuing a check or sending you an electronic gift card.

     in the course of your day you often hear (or see) about a child who needs new sneakers, who cannot afford a yearbook, who would love to go to summer camp, who needs a new pair of glasses. These are not necessarily "big ticket" items, but when a student cannot attend the field trip or can't afford Girl Scout registration, they feel left out, they feel different - even ashamed. In the past you probably frantically started searching for possible resources to come up with the $100 or so to pay for the item. There is no need to look any further.

    AK - Request Form.docx

  • 20 Jan 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Brenda Rinkes, Legislative Director, is preparing the OSSWA board for our presentation at the Ohio School Board Association’s Mental Health and Social Emotional Learning Conference on February 25, 2020. She would like to include a list of the various SEL programs our school social workers implement in the state of Ohio.

    We appreciate your help in completing this brief survey.

    Thanks,

    Brenda Rinkes, SSW, LISW-S

    Brinkes@comcast.net

    (Programs listed were identified in the ODE suggested resource Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

    Take the survey 




  • 13 Jan 2020 9:46 PM | Anonymous

    Reward the efforts of a fellow SSW or someone who truly values the work of SSWs. Let us plan the celebration! 

    Nomination forms

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